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Kashmir Files faces row in New Zealand. Here’s what former deputy PM says | Latest News India

New Zealand’s chief censor stated The Kashmir Files has not been banned from launch in the nation, however is beneath review.

New Zealand’s former deputy prime minister Winston Peters has come out in help of the discharge of The Kashmir Files in New Zealand saying that if the film, which has been launched in America, Australia and lots of different nations around the globe, will not be launched in New Zealand, will probably be an assault on the liberty of New Zealanders.

“To censor this film is tantamount to censoring information or images from the March 15th atrocities in New Zealand, or for that matter removing from public knowledge all images of the attack on 9/11. Mainstream Muslims have both in this country and around the world readily and rightly denounced all forms of terrorism on the basis that committing violence in the name of Islam is not Muslim. Neither should steps taken against Islamophobia mistakenly lead to the shielding of terrorists in the name of Islam,” Winston Peters posted on his official Facebook web page. Director Vivek Agnihotri thanked him for the help.

 

What is the controversy The Kashmir Files is going through in New Zealand?

As Vivek Agnihotri claimed on Twitter, there was stress on the New Zealand Censor Board to ban The Kashmir Files for which the director blamed “some communal groups”. According to studies, the chief censor has not banned the film however is reviewing the movie’s classification after members of the Muslim neighborhood have raised issues. Chief censor David Shanks stated members of the Muslim neighborhood had approached him that the movie may elevate anti-Muslim sentiments and potential hatred. “This is a state of affairs the place feelings are beginning to tick up. [We have] obtained to interact with that,” he has been quoted as saying by local media.

A petition has also been started for the release of the movie in New Zealand which says, “These graphic and violent parts are primarily based on actual occasions which have been documented. The movie is a medium to showcase that painful expertise to the world.”

“Letters have alleged that the movie will result in a ‘rise in Islamophobia in New Zealand and hate towards Muslims in Aotearoa’. We reject this accusation as a consequence of responses from hundreds of thousands of people that have watched this movie internationally and we will substantiate this by proof that not a single incident has occurred following the movie,” the web petition stated.


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